Thomas Merrill Gallagher
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June 12, 1945-December 6, 2012
TURNER - Tom was born to Merrill and Hazel Gallagher in Salem, OR. He spent his childhood living in the Middle Grove area of Salem, attending local Salem schools. He went on to marry his high school sweetheart, Millie Haines, on May 6th, 1971.
Tom worked in the construction field most of his life. He was an accomplished cement finisher and often helped friends and family with projects around their houses.
During his life, Tom enjoyed camping, boating, riding motorcycles, watching Nascar, and spending time with friends and family. He touched many lives and loved to reminisce about the good old days.
Tom was preceded in death by his mother Hazel and his father Merrill. He is survived by his wife Millie, his sons Greg and Haven, daughter Buffy (Roy) Rhines, and grandchildren Haven Jr., Haleigh, Jaden, and Kieran. He is also survived by his sisters Joan Turnidge and Garyl Trefethen and brother Ken Gallagher.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, December 14th from 5-7 pm at the Greater Jefferson Community Center.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Dec. 11, 2012